International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) President Ulf Mehrens has signed a letter of intent with Wilfried Lemke, the United Nations’ special adviser on sport for development and peace, to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
The content of the letter, signed in the Germany City of Bremen, is the declaration of intent to think, plan and potentially realise projects on the basis of a partnership.
Based in Geneva in Switzerland and supported by a liaison office in New York, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) uses the medium of sport in an attempt to provide a profound basis upon which people with and without disabilities can come closer to each other.
The IWBF says it pursues the same ambitions and therefore believes a collaboration of interests makes "perfect sense" to have the chance to support and establish common projects in a sustainable manner.
"The network of both partners will certainly contribute to its success," said Mehrens.
"The objectives of the regions will be evaluated in annual meetings.
"The co-operation supports the objectives of IWBF’s politics.
"Besides all of the objectives for competitive sport, it also enhances our special focus on the social impact of the sport, including quality improvement and expansion of living conditions by the means of sports.
"At this point, both sides have varied projects worldwide.
"So we are proud to be able to partner and share the collective idea."
Lemke stated he finds it very important, as a UN adviser, that the IWBF opens itself to new ideas.
"The idea of working together came to us, more or less, during my visit in Uganda half a year ago," he explained.
"It seemed a nice and interesting story especially because it’s one we can gain experience from and emulate it for other countries where it hasn’t been developed yet.
"I’m very interested in these things."
Lemke also said the Uganda project is a good example of "Partnerships for the goals", the UN's 17th and final Sustainable Development Goal with which they request the world to work together as fair partners to protect the success that they want to achieve.
"The Uganda project is a good example for this," he added.
"It is good development.
"In ideal cases, we can even manage that people from Uganda will be trained to repairs the wheelchairs themselves, so that the broken or slightly broken wheelchairs will not be put aside.
"If this works it would be the additional topping of the project to help give people jobs - independently of the athletes that already have the support for their enthusiasm and naturally the coaches whom we also want to give employment contracts."
The UN has already been working closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in a bid to ensure that they unite their efforts to improve societies through sport.
Intended goals of the partnership include establishing wheelchair sport as a therapeutic exercise with the focus on a feeling of togetherness and reviving the discussion about regional efforts to foster inclusion.
It is also hoped the partnership will see the creation of new structures which can be self-sustained without support.